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Genesis and Revelation

The scriptures for many seems random or haphazard. The Truth is that it is very consistent from beginning to end. This is clearly demonstrated by comparing/contrasting the first three chapters in the book of Genesis and the last three chapters in the book of Revelation. The Word of God is "Living and Active" and it's consistency is a work of beauty. Read it. Respond to...

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There is no place like Home!

In Jesus' parable of the Two lost Sons -he eludes to a powerful reality we call "home". Deep within the heart of every person is a longing for home. Home carries with it a sense of peace, comfort and belonging. This longing for home powerfully impacted the younger son in Jesus' parable. We all have a longing in our hearts for something better, a better place, a place where...

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A Season of Community Building

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: Ecclesiastes 3:1 Summertime just has a different rhythm to it. It is a more relaxed pace for many including holidays, vacations and time spent with family and friends. The summertime can also be a great time to build "community" through relationships. Don't miss opportunities to have friends an...

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The Smell of Church

In February 2007 the chairman of Starbucks sent this now-famous memo to the CEO, noting that the proliferation of stores around the world had come at a cost--the loss of that wonderful Starbucks aroma. He wrote, "We achieved fresh roasted bagged coffee, but at what cost? The loss of aroma--perhaps the most powerful non-verbal signal we had in our stores; the loss of our pe...

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Thirty-three things that happen at the moment of salvation

1) Forgiven 2) Child of God 3) Having access to God 4) Reconciled ... 16) Redeemed - We have been purchased by the shed blood of Christ out of the slave market of sin and now set free to serve the living God. (Galations 5:1, Romans 3:24) Webster's dictionary defines redemption as "to buy back and receive something in exchange." In both the Old and New Testamen...

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Hear. Speak. Do.

The Bible describes a process of faith formation, one that integrally involves the Word at every step: 1. Hearing the Word initiates faith. 2. Speaking the Word activates faith. 3. Doing the Word demonstrates faith. -Hearing the Word Initiates Faith- Romans 10:17 says, "Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ." ...

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The Creed of a Bold Jesus Follower

I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed, the die has been cast, I have stepped over the line, the decision has been made--I'm a disciple of Christ! I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure! I'm finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, ta...

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Crash.

I was surprised to learn that a group of buzzards waiting around together to feast on leftover carnage is called a committee. Just this one insight is worth the price of the whole book. This explains so much of what's going on in churches--a lot of committees waiting around to live off human carnage. Groups of flamingos are called flamboyants, which for some reason remi...

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The Murder of Jesus

The pieces are in place. The curtain rises for the final act. God is about to die. In spite of such drama, we know the story all too well. Two thousand years ago, salvation came to fallen man through the tragic murder of the Lamb of God. Unfortunately, modern society is so inundated with stories of injustice, this one merely seems like another to add to the heap. A reli...

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The Prodigal God

The familiar story is found in the fifteenth chapter of the gospel of Luke and is an essential passage in order to get to the heart of the Christian faith. The parable's plot is very simple. There was a father who had two sons. The younger asked for his share of the inheritance, received it, and promptly left for a far country, where he squandered it all on sensual and fri...

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Just a Stone's Throw Away

Throughout the Old Testament, God instructs kings and military leaders to be courageous and to lead courageously. The Old Testament is full of narratives that illustrate the necessity of courage in the life of the leader. Esther, Joshua, Gideon, Moses.... The list goes on and on. These men and women were given an opportunity to bring about change. And in each case they fou...

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GOD in the Manger

Surely the most widely celebrated holiday around the world each year - generating more attention, more excitement, and more anticipation from people than any other special day - is Christmas. Thanks to the huge amount of advertising and publicity that promotes the holiday with seemingly greater intensity and duration from one season to the next, Christmas has transcended n...

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Spiritual Amnesia

Why are we so quick to forget God? Who do we think we are? I find myself relearning this lesson often. Even though I glimpse God's holiness, I am still dumb enough to forget that life is all about God and not about me at all. It goes sort of like this... Suppose you are an extra in an upcoming movie. You will probably scrutinize that one scene where hundreds of pe...

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Your God is Too Safe

Your God is too safe. The safe god asks nothing of us, gives nothing to us. He never drives us to our knees in hungry, desperate praying and never sets us on our feet in fierce, fixed determination. He never makes us bold to dance. The safe god never whispers in our ears anything but greeting card slogans and certainly never asks that we embarrass ourselves by shouting ...

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No Sacrifice

I think many people make a fundamental mistake in the way they view their relationship with God. They view it in win/lose terms. They see it as a zero-sum game. They focus on what they have to give up and fail to realize how much more they get back. A relationship with God is the ultimate win/win relationship. Let me go out on a theological limb; I don't think there is ...

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Simple Is In

Simple is in. Complexity is out. Out of style at least. Ironically people are hungry for simple because the world has become much more complex. The amount of information accessible to us is continually increasing. The ability to interact with the entire world is now possible. Technology is consistently advancing at a rapid pace. The result is a complicated world w...

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Know Where You Minister

Population The population of Selah is close to 7,000 with over 20,000 more living in the surrounding areas still considered part of the Selah Community. In the last 10 years, Selah has experienced a population growth of 13%. Males make up 49% of the population which means females make up 51%. The median resident age is 34 years. Selah residents claim most often, Germa...

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An Unchanged God Who Changes Everything

The only real text or context for dealing with change that many Christians have been exposed to is the promise that God is an unchanging God--the same yesterday, today, and forever. The metaphors of God as our rock, our fortress, our stronghold, and our foundation dominate our view of God and how he works. But if we are going to effectively regain momentum, we must go beyo...

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Just Like Jesus

What if, for one day, Jesus were to become you? What if, for twenty-four hours, Jesus wakes up in your bed, walks in your shoes, lives in your house, assumes your schedule? Your boss becomes his boss, your mother becomes his mother, your pains become his pains? With one exception, nothing about your life changes. Your health doesn't change. Your circumstances don't chan...

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We Need a Downpour

Like me, maybe you’ve experienced some parched days in your relationship with God. Maybe you’ve known the sadness of falling in exhaustion and watching through weary eyes as your heart for something or someone begins to shrivel. Maybe you’ve had seasons when time with God was nonexistent and weekend worship was Black Sunday for sure – not becaus...

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Emmanuel

The Birth of Jesus 1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register. 4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because...

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Visioneering

If I were to ask you to describe how you picture your life in ten years, chances are you could paint a fairly clear picture. No doubt you could outline a financial profile. You could describe what you hope to achieve relationally. You have some idea of where you want to be professionally. In other words, you would be able to look beyond what is and paint a picture of what ...

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LOST and FOUND

"There was once a man who owned a hundred sheep" He said. "And while he was tending his sheep, one of those wooly little critters wandered away. So the shepherd left the ninety-nine behind and went out and searched for the one that was lost. And he kept on searching until he finally found it. He tenderly picked up the sheep, put it around his shoulders, and carried it back...

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Courageous Churches

Businessmen can provide sorely needed jobs. Wise educators can teach useful knowledge of the world. Self-help programs can offer effective methods of behavior modification. Advanced psychological techniques can aid self-understanding. And all of this is good. But can any of it truly transform the human heart? I believe that only one power exists on this sorry planet tha...

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Embrace Your Limitations

Maybe you've heard the old adage, "Where God guides, he always provides." It may be more appropriate to say, "God often guides by what he doesn't provide." Read that again slowly and think about it in relation your life or church. God often guides by what he doesn't provide. Are you up against a wall with no good plan to get past it? Have you hit an obstacle that appear...

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Choose Wisely

Stop Dating the Church...Fall in Love with the Family of God. A good church is worth waiting for, praying for, and searching out. God is faithful. When God brings you the church family He has for you, cherish what you’ve been given…and don’ t let go. Because you’ve finally found the place where you and your family are going to enjoy the best...

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Picture This

Picture This- Several climbers were being rescued from the side of a mountain. The rescue helicopter was only able to reach each man one at a time because they had fallen on different areas of the mountain. As the helicopter and the rescue team got to each man, they would lower a rescuer down to that individual. That rescuer would go down and administer basic first aid-...

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CRASH

How do we get our arms around the mission of the church? What does Advancing the kingdom look like and am I willing to be a part of the mission? There are lots of questions facing a new church but we must remain focused on the fact that Jesus said... "I will build my church and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it." -Matt. 16. It is His church and He will build...

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I Choose to Serve

Jesus said, "It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant" - Matthew 20:26 We've been looking every week at snapshots of different choices we have that can change our lives forever. Here is a choice that will absolutely change your life. When you decide, My life is not going to be about myself. I'm going to be part of the...

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